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It’s good sometimes I enjoy authentic jazz rock / fusion. Recently KBB’s newest one “Age Of Pain” is one of my loves.


Age Of Pain (2013) - KBB


Four technical veteran artists play “cool" music under the green sky. Very tasty pop essence can be found via such a complicated, tough melody lines and rhythm structure. I guess Akihisa TSUBOY could be called as a front flower of KBB, but surely the four musicians and four or more instruments should create this incredible soundgarden under the green sky. Akihisa’s violin play is vivid, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes cold as ice, through his precise violin bow and all fingers. Toshimitsu’s keyboard sounds like beautiful, fragile crystal or brilliant diamond stones. But yes, the two heroes cannot work fantastically without the strict, powerful rhythm section by Shiro and Dani. All tracks (with various appearances) are rigid and artistic through the four splendid personalities, we might mention here.


A Fantasia - the impression of their melody section is too magnificent for the audience to avoid such a crystallized catchy line. and Shiro’s bass heaviness and Dani’s drumming footsteps are clear and refined, which shall be appropriate for supporting the beautiful melody one. There are plenty of sound appearances in this album - some are light and delightful, some are heavy and dark, and some are quiet and gentle - all ones can be dealt perfectly by them. Pity I’ve not attend their concert or gig yet but their superb stage can be imagined easily.  Let me say as my humble opinion, they might have created, produced multi-dimensional melody lines based upon complicated rhythm structures obviously tinged with pop, catchy moments and vibes. Elements we can hear in the "so-called-prog” world would be limited, and they shoot another new prog-scape blended with decent phrases here and there.


Anyway this album has been recommended for me by my progressive rock friend Fred LESSING (the frontman of DAYMOON). Thanks to Fred for letting me know such a music gem.



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Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

Hey Keishiro!

I was looking up the band Hikashu earlier because the one very enthusiastic review they received when I came across this.
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Are you familiar with P-Model? This particular album sounds like Cardiacs to me, very avant. The later material sounds very straight electronica. 

Curious for your input.
^ P-Model is one of Japanese rock vanguards really. Not so familiar with them (recently cannot find their stuff easily even in Japan) but imho I should research them indeed.


Thanks for your recommendation and heads up. Big smile

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^I mostly see them labeled "Post-punk" and "New Wave". But the guitar work very much reminds my of the first 2 Virus albums from Norway. Quite a RIO feel to it.

And yes, as you say very difficult to find their early (and best) albums. I even went outside of US import sites and used copies are $50+. I guess I will just listen on youtube for now.
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Sometimes I should post about Japanese Neo / Symph scene haha. Embarrassed

Another fantastic Japanese Neo-Prog outfit have been recommended by my prog friend David (yam yam). Thanks David! Big smile

ROMANZA (not ROMANZA-BEKKAN sorry)
Quote Ikko NAKAJIMA, the frontman / guitarist of a Japanese Symphonic Prog gem PAGEANT, obviously influenced by Genesis, has worked out a detailed plan for founding an offshoot for reproducing PAGEANT faithfully in late 1990s. In 1999 he finally founded ROMANZA as another incarnation of Japanese Symph / Neo-Prog, but sadly this combo went into hibernation owing to the female vocalist stepping down two years later. Ikko invited another female vocalist HINA and founded another (short-lived) offshoot ROMANZA-BEKKAN and released an album A Grand Romance In Far East (Toho Dai-Romance) in 2005.

In 2013 “original” ROMANZA became active again and have gigged vigorously around Japan (no official album yet except some unofficial live albums).
A Grand Romance In Far East (2005) - ROMANZA-BEKKAN

In general Japanese Neo-Prog combos are highly qualified and lowly originated, let me say. Recently there are so many good players and their recording condition (mixing, mastering, directing) is basically not bad, but I cannot feel huge addiction nor impression via their good material, regardless of "so-called" originality they claim. Yes their "originality" is not real originality ... melody lines, rhythmic basis, or soundscape via their material might be almost like I've heard somewhere previously. Hmm something is different about that.

Anyway, this album "The Grand Romance In Far East" would be in another dimension methinks. ROMANZA-BEKKAN founded by Ikko NAKAJIMA is one of offshoots of a Japanese Neo / Symphonic Progressive combo PAGEANT, and Ikko says "clearly" their playing style would like to lean toward GENESIS. Sharp-edged passionate guitar fulminant and gorgeously brilliant keyboard stream have obviously got influenced by the progressive rock vanguard, and it's comfort they understand what they want to do. Qualified play is of course awesome and dramatic theatrical melody lines and lyrics completely ring the bell of Neo-Prog freaks.

A "Romantic" portfolio of sound and creation ... this phrase might be fit for their musical view. The vocalist Hina cannot be felt so skillful nor so expressive but who cares? Her serious and sincere voice attitude for songs can be appreciated, and all of Romanzers at another venue (Bekkan in Japanese) play decent Neo-symphonic progressive rock upon this creation. Obvious Neues cannot be heard but highly recommended for every symphonic (authentic or Neo) progressive rock fan.



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^ Great post Keishiro! Thumbs Up

That saves me the job of making a thread for them in the New Suggestions part of the forum! Embarrassed LOL
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Last night I dreamed that I was sleeping on a carpet of Japanese pressings. Sweet dream and sweet sound. 
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Résultat de recherche dimages pour &quot;japanese pressing&quot;
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Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

^ Great post Keishiro! Thumbs Up

That saves me the job of making a thread for them in the New Suggestions part of the forum! Embarrassed LOL
Thanks mate.
I've contacted with Ikko in fb and will dig ROMANZA out in near future.

And do hope Bekkan will get to be here. Wink
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Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Last night I dreamed that I was sleeping on a carpet of Japanese pressings. Sweet dream and sweet sound. 
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What a fantastic Davidream! Hope I have a rendezvous with it! Star

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Kari Band (a temporary band in English)


Hi, again sorry for my long hibernation but my progressive rock mate Alan (colorofmoney91) has let me know such a great project. KARI BAND are playing as a backing combo for Babymetal, a renowned Japanese female metal band. They’ve launched their debut ep upon April 26, 2017 finally (already been one of smash hits in Japan!).


Demo (2017) - KARI BAND


I see, that's the reason why the stage by Babymetal should be pretty cool and awesome. At first let me say thanks to Alan (a Babymetal fan in US) for notifying me of such a fantastic combo. Yes I know, I'm a Japanese and why not familiar with Babymetal, but to be honest I've not got interested in them at all, except in their crazy stage. KARI BAND, three session musicians with mad technique, are a backing outfit supporting Babymetal's entire artistic sense especially upon stage. Such an incredible sense has been launched via this ep released upon April 26, 2017 finally, I'm so glad really.


Actually knocked out in a complete manner. Let me shout first of all that another King Crimson have come here. Strictly based upon jazz itself, they play complex songs of cadence like a precision music / rhythm machine with sound diversity. "Jamrika" or so reminds me of Tipographica or Unbeltipo, kinda avantgarde jazz rock. On the contrary, "Djentleman" is in the same vein of slush art metal, flooded with deeply metallic, complicated riffs and swift, grievous guitar crying. Thrilling fights amongst all instruments can be heard everywhere, and we the audience cannot listen with enough breathing until the last "Snowflakes" that features clean smooth jazz rock elements along with their magnificent instrumental skills and critical motivation.


It's a pity the debut 26 minute ep is not a full-length album but an intriguing alliance by the intensive trio should create this not only short but also impressive stuff. Cannot help keeping an 'ear' upon them from now on.



Their Facebook page is; http://www.facebook.com/karibandofficial/



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